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The Buddy System
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March 20, 1999 — April 24, 1999
76 Grand Street, New York

Barry McGee's The Buddy System was a floor to ceiling drawing and sculptural installation that filled the entire gallery. The work fused together found and invented imagery, tags and assorted objects and embodied a strong sense of performance. In the words of the artist, his paintings “try to capture the overload of the senses one might feel walking down the street of any one of our fine American cities.” McGee explains that “movement and gesture in both graffiti and the figure are the base components of my work… I like the real experience of being there, a given space at a given time. I also like the evidence of the human hand at the place, at a time, and then gone into memory.”

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